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WI: Hunter shot wolf illegally in Spring Prairie

January 22, 2013

By Bob Peryea, Lab.SouthernLakesNewspapers.com

Although rare in this area, wolves are known to stray from northern Wisconsin in search of a mate.
State wildlife officials have determined a hunter illegally shot a wolf in Spring Prairie Township during the deer gun hunting season in November.
The hunter, whose name was not released, received a citation.
According to Game Warden Juan Gomez of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the hunter shot the animal on land owned by someone else, a violation of state hunting laws.
A wolf in this part of the state is rare, but not unprecedented.
Many of the illegal wolf shootings occur, according to Gomez, when people mistake a wolf for a coyote. Hunters are cautioned to learn the difference, as shooting the wrong animal may lead to a citation.

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